OPEN SEASON
The oldest tournament in golf, dating from 1860, this year’s 132nd Open Championship, July 17-20, returns to Royal St. George’s Golf Club in Kent for the 13th time, with Ernie Els defending his 2002 title. In 1993, Els became the first man in Open history to break 70 for all four rounds. Later the same day, Greg Norman matched the feat with a dazzling 64, and won his second Open title.
Armchair viewers: Keep an eye on the key par-5 14th, called the Suez Canal hole for the stream that traverses the fairway 330 yards from the tee. Live television coverage on Thursday and Friday on TNT, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (all times EDT). Saturday begins on TNT (7-9 a.m.) and moves to ABC (9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.), and Sunday’s final round is on TNT (6-8 a.m.) and ABC (8 a.m.-1:30 p.m.). An ample Web site, including a strategic hole-by-hole guide, is at www.opengolf.com.